Childbirth Education  |  DOULA CARE  |  Lactation Support

serving pregnant, birthing & newborn families in Western Massachusetts

attending births in Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield, Pittsfield, Brattleboro and HOME

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Anna Westley | Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula

Congratulations on your pregnancy and upcoming birth! I am so glad you are considering doula care. I would love to connect with you and learn how I can best support you.

I have been a doula for fourteen years and have supported over 100 families! I have seen again and again that thriving families have abundant support. It is an honor to provide that support during pregnancy, birth and the early days with your new baby.

 

My intention as a doula is to cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing for families during times of transition. I serve my clients with respect, compassion and non-judgment. I trust that you have the wisdom to navigate this time in your life in your own way. I follow your lead in all things and provide information and support along the way.

I have birth doula experience with hospital and home births, inductions, waterbirths, surrogacy, high risk pregnancies, birthing after loss, surgical births and VBAC. I am at ease with all kinds of pain management strategies: unmedicated, hypnosis, epidurals, nitrous oxide - whatever works for you.

 

I have postpartum doula experience with twins, overnights, loss, emotional complications, feeding challenges, in-hospital support, the NICU and more.

 

I enjoy working with all kinds of families and parenting styles. In particular, I aim to provide safe and affirming care to LGBTQ+ and polyamorous families.

 

As a certified doula I consistently pursue continuing education that enriches and deepens the care I offer families.

 

If you have any questions, please be in touch!

Certifications

  • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, DONA International

  • Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula, Hypnobabies®

  • MotherWoman Facilitator

Experience

  • 2005-2019 Provided doula care to 100+ families 

  • 2012- 2018 Facilitated MotherWoman support groups

  • 2017 Facilitated monthly Fertile Ground Pregnancy Circles

  • 2017-2019 Provided peer support to families experiencing infertility through Empty Arms Bereavement Support

  • 2016-2017 Treasurer of the Board for the Green River Doula Network

  • 2011-2014 Family Coordinator for It Takes a Village

 

Trainings & Workshops

  • Epigenetics and the Microbiome: The Latest Buzzwords in Maternity with Penny Simkin

  • The Best Start: Strategies to Reduce Early Feeding Problems with Nancy Morhbacher

  • Exploring the self: a doula's guide to discussing race, gender and privilege in birth and postpartum work with Morgane Veronique Richardson and Aimee Brill

  • Creative Movement for Birth with Michelle L'Esperance

  • Making Your Birthwork Trans Inclusive with Ray Rachlin